Dog Health & Care

Natural Remedies for Elderly Dogs – How to Keep Aging Pets in Healthy Condition


By using natural remedies for elderly dogs, we show how much we care for our aging pets. We do everything we can to make our canines happy and healthy. And as they mature, we seek to find the best solutions for our loving pooch’s geriatric issues. Some experts say that a dog’s senior years begin at the age of seven. That’s 49-years-of-age in human years (a scary implication for us) … time for arthritis to set into their aging joints and aching body.

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As the health conscious among us increasingly seek holistic and alternative treatments for our own medical issues, we begin to question mainstream methods and pursue natural and organic remedies. We want to spare our pets the toxins associated with specific medicines:

  • Flea preventative treatments
  • Kibble made with cheap and artificial ingredients
  • Other newly suspected pet products.

There’s an arsenal of effective and completely natural oils, vitamins, and other treatments that help our pets without harsh chemicals or side effects. It is wise to consult a holistic/integrative veterinarian.

Keep your dog healthy with natural remedies for elderly dogs

It seems like a new organic, raw, and/or freeze-dried dog food debuts each month, focusing on natural remedies for elderly dogs. People want their aging companions to eat healthy food for a lifetime of good health. These foods do not contain artificial colors, preservatives, or flavors in their recipes. This new breed of pup superfood meals are homemade, lower calorie, and often full of nutritious vegetables. If you avoid genetically modified organisms and unnatural ingredients in your food, you don’t want Fido ingesting that poison.

Asparagus, blueberries, watermelons, sweet potatoes, green beans, spinach, apples, pumpkin, cantaloupe, and Brussels sprouts are all great for your aging dog.  With the Christmas coming, it is important to watch your dog’s diet. Toxic human food that must be kept away from dogs are chocolate, caffeine, coffee, citrus, grapes, raisins, milk, dairy, nuts, onions, garlic, chives, raw or undercooked meat, bones, eggs, salt and salty snack foods, yeast dough, and Xylitol.

Vitamins And Supplements

Many pet parents give their canines daily vitamins and supplements. Antioxidants protect from free radicals. Vitamins A, C, E, and selenium are in herbs, vegetables, and in daily doggy vitamins. Omega 3 is a “good” fat that assists in many bodily functions:

  • Blood clotting
  • Decreasing blood pressure
  • Improving blood vessel function
  • Improving visual sight
  • Keeping body tissues healthy
  • Maintaining a normal heartbeat
  • Preventing/reducing inflammation
  • Reducing cholesterol levels and lowering triglycerides
  • Re: sources of Omega 3 are algae, fish, fish oil, flaxseed, krill oil, shellfish, and walnuts

Exercise

Dogs need to exercise on a regular time-frame. Twenty minutes of walking or energetic playing each day keeps joints healthy and functioning optimally.

Avoid Excess Vaccinations, Steroids, and Antibiotics

Animals are healthier without vaccination, steroid, and antibiotic overload. Rabies shots are legally required by law to be given.

Which health issues to use with natural remedies for elderly dogs

Arthritis, inflammation, and stiffness of joints, are common health problems in aging dogs. Many natural supplements help maintain healthy tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage and relieve arthritis.

Glucosamine, chondroitin, sulfate, Omega 3, and vitamin C provide relief. Natural anti-inflammatory herbs include Willow Bark, Meadowsweet, St. John’s Wort, and more. Other natural anti-inflammatories are Cayenne, Wild Yam, Devil’s Claw, and Yucca. Super green food like spirulina and astaxanthin are effective in arthritis treatment.

  • Spirulina is an alga available in pill and powder form
  • Astaxanthin has been found in vegetables, fish, and in supplement form

Physical treatments like massages, aqua therapy, chiropractic adjustments, stretching, and acupuncture are other ways with natural remedies for elderly dogs to ease arthritis.

Cataracts

The natural treatment for cataracts is an eye drop called Eyebright. It can be dropped into the eyes several times a week or taken orally. Diabetic cataracts cause blindness. Maintaining a healthy body weight is essential to avoid developing diabetes.

An excess of toxicity can cause cataracts, making certain medications dangerous for your dog:

  • Flea preventives
  • Tick preventives
  • Overly-prescribed medications
  • Vaccinations

Bilberries have flavonoids and are full of antioxidants. Taken with Vitamin E, the combination protects eye tissue and stops lens clouding.

Cognitive dysfunction

A healthy body helps maintain a healthy mind, using natural remedies for elderly dogs. Nutritious food and exercise are essential to an aging dog’s cognitive function. Gingko Biloba is a great supplement for brain health. It’s a good idea to check with a holistic vet to ensure commercial supplement products don’t have dangerous side effects.

S- adenosylmethionine (SAM) supplements have had great success improved mental impairment. A holistic vet can help you determine the correct dose. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) improve brain energy metabolism and reduce the amyloid protein buildup that causes brain lesions in elderly dogs. Coconut oil mixed with food helps maintain mental health. Resveratrol protects against free radical damage and beta-amyloid deposits. Phosphatidylserine is a supplement that can prevent age-related cognitive deficits.

Besides the above, socializing your dog with people and other dogs as well as playing with stimulating toys will help keep her lucid.

Constipation

Constipation is a result of less activity and a lack of muscle tone in the GI tract. If your dog has a healthy diet and plenty of water s/he may not suffer from constipation in older years. A moist and balanced diet keeps the bowels moving. Digestive enzymes and probiotics are effective tools in the fight against constipation. Exercise helps tremendously. Doctors who prefer natural remedies recommend Psyllium husk powder and ground, dark green leafy veggies. Coconut fiber is also efficient for ending constipation. Another natural constipation reliever is canned 100% pumpkin.

Dental And Gum Issues

Ninety percent or more of old dogs suffer from calculus (hardened plaque) and gum disease. Bad breath means Spot has a dental issue. A healthy diet, preferably a raw diet, provides good dental health. Raw meat dislodges food particles from your pet’s teeth. Commercial dental bones also clean the teeth well because they work similarly to raw bones. Also, you should brush your pooch’s teeth every day to ensure healthy teeth. Have the vet check your elderly dog’s mouth during regular exams. If necessary, your dog can have a professional cleaning.

Deteriorating Senses

Your fur baby’s hearing, sight, smell, and sense of direction may not be as sharp as she ages. Gingko comes to the rescue again. It increases blood flow to the brain and may be helpful for increasing sense performance. Herbs like Ginger, Cayenne, and Ginseng may give your pup more energy.

Injured and Aging Limbs

Dog prosthetics is a somewhat new field. Injuries, cancer, and geriatric-related limb problems can be remedied with prosthetics or surgery in addition to prosthetics. Prosthetics are often less expensive than surgery. They are not invasive. Moreover, if a dog needs an amputation it’s risky to leave him with just three legs because tissue breakdowns or degenerative joint problems can develop. Prosthetics and braces reduce pain and lameness, provide support and comfort, and—most importantly–return your pet’s quality of life through restored mobility.

Kidney, Heart, Liver, and Skin Conditions

Aging dogs are susceptible to kidney, heart, and liver problems, as well as skin conditions. Visit your vet for a diagnosis if something seems wrong. You can administer nutritional supplements, acupuncture, or use homeopathy to prevent or treat these conditions. Herbal remedies help support the health of any of the body’s organ systems.

Losing Interest In Social Activities

If you find your dog is not as friendly as before trying Flower Essence (Bach) remedies. Clematis will increase alertness if your pup seems to be less attentive. Mustard is a natural anti-depressant.

Thyroid

Hypothyroidism is a common issue in older dogs. Many holistic vets believe that over-vaccination is the cause of hypothyroidism. Symptoms are skin problems, always feeling cold, and fatigue, Bladderwack is an herbal remedy that works well on hypothyroidism. Nettles and Oats are also effective. Homeopathic remedies help as well.

Urinary Incontinence

Causticum, Gelsemium, and Plantago major are homeopathic remedies that aid with incontinence. Herbal remedies like Black Cohosh, Dandelion Root, Mother Wort, Gingko, and Mullein help to stop incontinence. Choline is a nutritional supplement that helps cure incontinence. Vitamins B, C, and E work against incontinence as well.

Weight

Being overweight causes many health issues. Dogs may need 20% fewer calories as they get older. A healthy diet and twenty minutes of daily exercise are vital. Fetch, chase, and tug are great games to play with your dog. Or you can go for a walk if the weather is nice! Fresh air, lots of sunshine, and plenty of exercise are great for you and your elderly dog.

Summary

Natural remedies are safe and void of toxins and chemicals. We recommend you consult a holistic veterinarian about doses and possible side effects. Our world is ripe with noxious chemicals. Treating your pet naturally is effective and toxin-free. Natural remedies for elderly dogs is the safest way to care for your own dog. It is easy on them for preventing health problems or treating issues like bad teeth


Biography

Elise Phillips Margulis is a contributing writer for Lady Freethinker. She’s also written articles for the Fido Friendly magazine. Elise is obsessed with dogs and animal welfare. She lives with her adorable & precocious 10-year-old son, her husband, their gorgeous canine, and their elegant feline. She’s also a card-carrying member of Chocoholics Anonymous!

 

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2 Comments

  1. December 28, 2017 at 1:08 am — Reply

    It was really nice how you said that the hearing, sight, and smell of an older dog may not be as sharp as they used to and so it’s best to use Gingko because it will help improve my pet’s performance. I do believe that, however, I also strongly believe that I should listen to what a vet has to say first. I know that my dog also has health conditions, and I want to be sure that the supplements that I will give him won’t impact his health in a negative manner. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely take note of what you said in this article and bring it up once I find a good pet doctor.

    • January 3, 2018 at 12:51 am — Reply

      Thank you very much, Julius. I also believe you should take your dog to the vet first, basically to rule out other health issues. Gingko is primarily a preventive and helps maintain the dog’s performance. If your dog is on other medication, Gingo may not mix well with them so getting a vet’s opinion is always good.

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